Ryan Boyle is a man who makes the choice every day to live a positive, optimistic life. At age nine, he was riding a big wheel at a friend’s birthday party, and he was hit by a truck and dragged down the street. He head injury was so traumatic that they actually had to remove part of his cerebellum because it was so damaged. He awoke from a coma two months later and defied all odds by first, surviving. What happened after that is nothing short of a miracle. And yes, we talk about miracles on the show today. When Ryan was in 9th grade, he published a book called When the Lights Go Out: A Boy Given a Second Chance. I picked it up on Amazon and after you listen to this episode, I’m sure you’ll want to pick it up too. I literally couldn’t put it down.
Be sure that you listen to this episode with an open heart and open mind. It’s really tough to imagine you or someone you love going through something so traumatic. I’m so grateful that Ryan has the guts and vulnerability to share his journey. As he told me, “I’m an open book. You can ask me anything.” So I did.
Today we talk about:
- Family & friends: Your support crew is everything
- The accident
- Coming out of a coma & facing the reality of a new life
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
- Some things you just have to live with – great advice for all of us
- Miracles & Faith
- Having a sense of humor during the tough stuff in life
We are surrounded by incredible, amazing, inspirational people around every corner. All we have to do is open our eyes. Ryan’s final nugget sums it up perfectly, “Smile. Make eye contact. Be friendly. You don’t know what’s going on in anyone else’s lives.” So be the best person you can be to spread love and light in this world.
Don’t forget to pick up Ryan’s book on Amazon – When the Lights Go Out: A boy Given a Second Chance. And cheer him on in the next Paralympics. He has such an incredible energy, I believe that whatever happens, he will be happy. Remember what his voicemail says, “I’m out making something of my life.” It’s time for us to do the same.
This episode supported by my amazing sponsor Health IQ – they help healthy people get lower rates on life insurance. To see if you qualify visit healthiq.com/rtw – please tell them I sent you!
All right! You know what time it is! It’s time to get out there and Run This World. Have a great workout and I’ll see you next week!